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El Escorial Criteria for the Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

The diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) requires

A. the presence of:
(A:1) evidence of lower motor neuron (LMN) degeneration by clinical, electrophysiological or neuropathologic examination,
(A:2) evidence of upper motor neuron (UMN) degeneration by clinical examination, and
(A:3) progressive spread of symptoms or signs within a region or to other regions, as determined by history or examination, together with

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Diagnostic Criteria for Amiodarone-Induced Pulmonary Toxicity (APT)

The clinical diagnosis of amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity (APT) requires two or more of the following criteria:

  1. new onset of pulmonary symptoms such as dyspnea, cough, or pleuritic chest pain;
  2. new chest radiographic abnormality such as an interstitial or alveolar infiltrate;
  3. a decrease in the DLCO of 20% from the pretreatment value, or if none is available, a value less than 80% of predicted;
  4. abnormal lung uptake with gallium-67 radioisotope; and
  5. characteristic histologic changes of lung tissue obtained by bronchoscopic or open lung biopsy.

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Definition and Causes of Apparent Life-Threatening Events (ALTE)

Definition of ALTE

By definition, an ALTE refers to a sudden event, often characterized by apnea or other abrupt changes in the child’s behavior. Symptoms of an ALTE include one or more of the following: apnea, change in color or muscle tone, coughing, or gagging.

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DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Agoraphobia

A) anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult (or embarrassing) or in which help may not be available in the event of having an unexpected or situationally predisposed Panic Attack or panic-like symptoms. Agoraphobic fears typically involve characteristic clusters of situations that include being outside the home alone; being in a crowd, or standing in a line; being on a bridge; and traveling in a bus, train, or automobile.

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